Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Martín Espada

Poetry, Writing for Social Change
Martin Espada

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04103


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • B.A. History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • J.D. Law-Northeasten University


Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). He has received the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Curbstone/Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in the Latino community of Greater Boston, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Areas of Scholarship

Poetry, Creative Writing, Social Justice

Recent Publications

Le Coeur Battant de la Montre (Le Temps des Cerises, France, 2017)

Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (W.W. Norton, 2016)

Sairin Paltosu (Ve Yayinevi, Turkey 2016)

The Meaning of the Shovel (Smokestack Books, UK, 2014)

The Trouble Ball (W.W. Norton, 2011, US & UK)

Soldados en el Jardín (El Gaviero Ediciones, Spain, 2009)

La Tumba de Buenaventura Roig (Terranova Editores, Puerto Rico, 2008)

Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas (Smokestack Books, UK, 2008)

La República de la Poesía (Mago Editores, Chile, 2007)

The Republic of Poetry (W.W. Norton, 2006 US & UK)



Awards and Recognition

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, 2018

Doctor of Letters, Middlebury College, 2017

John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence, 2017

International Latino Book Award, 2017

Pushcart Prize, 2016

Zell Distinguished Poet in Residence, University of Michigan, 2015

Busboys and Poets Award, 2014. Shelley Memorial Award (Poetry Society of America), 2013

Walt Whitman Birthplace Poet in Residence, 2012

International Latino Book Award, 2012

Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, 2012. Massachusetts Book Award, 2012

La Bloga Best Books of 2011. Split This Rock Favorite Books of 2011

USA Simon Fellowship, 2010

National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, 2008